32pp., hbk., RRP $A16.99
Backyard cricket is every Australian kid’s rite of passage – every summer there are games going on somewhere as the sun sets and the joys and benefits of daylight saving are acknowledged. The rules are the same everywhere – the garbage bin is the stumps and over the fence is out! And everyone groans when that one player who is really good gets a turn at batting because they are never going to get them out.
Bluey would much rather play tiggy than cricket and her dad says that’s what they will do as soon as they get Rusty out. But Rusty would play cricket 24/7 if he could and despite everything they try, he remains obstinately at the crease until…
This year has been a big one for international cricket and with the ODI World Cup just finished and the domestic men’s Bog Bash about to start, interest in the game is reaching a peak, so this is a timely release. Based on the episode of the ABC series of the same name, this is another is this very popular collection of stories in print format that allows young readers to return to the story time and again, cementing in their minds the value of print as a medium as well as learning some of life’s necessary lessons – and there are several lessons in this one, not the least of which is learning some of the unique terminology associated with the sport.
And just to make sure everyone’s summer is Bluey-based, for those who aren’t so keen on cricket there is the new Bluey At the Beach colouring book as well. Christmas stockings sorted!